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Although I have some other recordings of Huddie and on Vinyl including a polished studio version on a Capital Records album "Goodnight Irene" and a nice Storyville album that has one of my favourites "How long blues" not on this collection. In all a good collection, interesting also to hear alternative recordings of familiar songs. Got into country blues back in the sixties when a few of the old timers were still around at the blues festivals. Leadbelly was rather different from many of his peers, and although influenced as a youngster by one of the most famous bluesmen 'Blind Lemon Jefferson' whom he helped, and no doubt the 12 string guitar has its origins here, he was in many ways more versatile.
Fifty Lead Belly performances at this price means great value for money, even more so as the sound quality is excellent, clearer than I have heard before. But be aware, the liner notes are minimal, just two brief pages about the man and some tiny print giving recording dates. If you want to know more about the material, invest in a more expensive set.
Fantastic double CD collection of the inspirational blues guitarist Huddie Ledbetter. His songs have been covered by everyone from Rory Gallagher to Nirvana. Hear them here performed in their original state by the man who wrote them. (Some are traditional tunes interpreted by Leadbelly - but these are all essential listening for fans of guitar based music).
All the great Leadbelly numbers I remember hearing in the 60s, but with a massive gain in clarity, which particularly benefits his guitar playing. Anyone who has any interest in American folk blues should buy this album.
I have only briefly listened to this CD before I decided to buy it and am surprised that I recognise a few of his songs without having realised they were by him!! When I get a chance I will devote some time to listening to each track properly when I have a moment or two.